The use of technology is changing the business landscape, and this includes the interview process. Close to fifty percent of employers use video interviewing at some point in the screening process. This can throw off candidates, and they sometimes aren’t sure how to prepare for the interview. Here are a few tips for preparing for a video interview so you can have the confidence to knock it out of the park!
Get Your Accounts in Order
More likely than not, you will be using video chatting platforms such as Skype or Zoom. Prior to the interview, make sure your accounts are ready to go. That means having a professional username that resembles your actual name and a professional profile picture, similar to one you would use on LinkedIn.
Do your research
Just like an in-person interview, you’re going to want to do your research on the company and the position beforehand. Know what the company’s core values are and have a good understanding of what the position will require so you can highlight relevant past experiences and skills that apply. Use the research to ask questions about the company and the position. This will indicate that you’ve been doing your homework and that you are just as interested in them as they are in you.
Dress for success.
Try to find out what the dress code around the office is. If you are not sure, remember it’s always ok to be a bit overdressed
Look Your Best
Check out the employer’s website, Facebook page, and Twitter feed to try to gauge how employees dress. Is the company’s culture casual, formal, or somewhere in between? If you’re uncertain, remember that it is better to be a bit overdressed than it is to appear too casual.
Make it realistic. It may be tempting to have on slippers or even sweatpants if you think you won’t be seen from the waste down; but, being fully dressed as you would in an in-person interview will give you confidence and a feeling of professionalism during the interview. So don’t cut any corners when it comes to your attire.
Test the Program You’ll Be Using
Before the interview, have a friend help you test your video chat program. Make sure the camera angle is eye level. You want to make sure you are clearly in the frame and visible from the mid chest area to the top of your head.
Find a Room Well-Suited for a Video Interview
Make sure it is a room that is quiet and gives you the proper amount of privacy. If you live with others, be sure to notify them so they don’t come barging in mid-interview. Clean your desk and have the space around you looking sharp and professional. Avoid a dark room. Make sure it’s well-lit and you are clearly visible on the other end when you are testing beforehand.
Test the Sound
It may be your best bet to use a headset or headphones to eliminate any echo when you speak. You want to sound as clear as possible. Further this by making sure you don’t talk too fast. In fact, you may even want to speak a little slower than usual because of a possible lag effect.
Bonus Tip: Make Sure All Other Windows are Closed
Prior to the interview, make sure all other windows on your computer are closed out. The last thing you want is some sort of alert going off or having something distract you during the interview. Also, shut off or leave your phone in another room. Eliminating all these potential distractions will ensure that you remain focused.
A video interview is different than an in-person interview and should be treated as such. Use these tips to prepare correctly so you can have a great video interview and be on your way to the next stage of the process.